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Alma Clair Petrini, formerly of Sharon, passed away of natural causes at 5:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug.2, 2017, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, following an extended illness. She was 64.
Alma was born Dec. 5, 1952, in Sharon, a daughter of Mark and Clara (Sullivan) Petrini. She attended the former St. Joseph Parochial Grade School, Sharon, and was a graduate of Kennedy Christian High School, Hermitage.
Alma earned her bachelor's degree in education from Edinboro (Pa.) University and was employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a grade school teacher for 20 years in New Mexico, where she loved teaching Navajo children.
She was a former member of St. Joseph Church, Sharon. Alma enjoyed looking for hidden treasures at flea markets, swimming, making ceramics, collecting dolls and crocheting. She crocheted a blanket for just about everyone she knew. Alma also loved singing in various choruses throughout the years.
Surviving are three sisters, Mary Jane Petrini of Sharon, Joanne Petrini of Sharpsville, and Theresa Vernon and her husband David, of Sharon; a brother, James Petrini and his wife, Rose, of Chicago, Ill.; and nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Alma was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, John Mark Petrini.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to a local animal advocacy agency.

Alma Claire, 64, of Sharon.
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, (8-6-17), at J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., Monday, (8-7-17), in St. Joseph Church, Sharon, with the Rev. Thomas Whitman, pastor, as celebrant.
Interment: St. Rose Cemetery, Hermitage.
Published on August 3, 2017
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